Languedoc-Roussillon: 90+ point wines from DWWA 2019

4 days 23 hours ago

In the August 2020 issue of Decanter, Andy Howard MW delves deep into the appellation and wines of IGP Pays d’Oc stating, “Pays d’Oc is actually a treasure-trove of fascinating wines and dynamic producers… Freedom of expression is the mantra adopted by both producers and regulatory bodies, with 58 different grape varieties approved for use within today’s […]

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Olivia Mason

A tale of thwarted South African ambition

5 days 2 hours ago
As a response to South Africa – a social progress report, we are publishing a series of personal accounts of experiences of the current situation. In the first, Elton Greeve, managing director of EMG Agri Solutions, recounts some disheartening experiences trying to get transformation and empowerment projects off the ground and argues the need for a

German 2020 releases – Ahr, Baden, Sachsen, Württemberg

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No Weinbörse in Mainz this year? No problem, says Michael, bedazzled by the 2019 vintage. This is the first of a series of tasting reports from Michael's own home in the Ahr Valley. Every year at the end of April the VDP holds a presentation in Mainz of the most recent vintage. As many as 200 growers show their wares, which means there are about
Michael Schmidt

DWWA & DAWA Bottle Stickers

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Promote your win with Decanter medal stickers All winners can purchase bottle stickers for their corresponding medals from DWWA & DAWA at the dedicated Decanter Awards shop. Stickers come in rolls of 1,000. How to order medal stickers Not sure how to order medal stickers? Download and follow this simple step-by-step guide for an easy check-out […]

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Olivia Mason

Best buys in Waitrose's 25% off promotion

6 days 2 hours ago
Andrew Howard MW, who used to buy wine for Marks & Spencer, marks Waitrose’s card as they begin one of their offers of 25% off any six bottles of wine and champagne. It runs until 7 July. So much has changed since the arrival of the coronavirus that it is almost impossible to believe how different things were seven months ago. Having wrapped up
Andy Howard MW

Summer writing competition 2020

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Announcing our annual summer writing competition … entries very welcome throughout July and the first half of August. Back in what now seems like another world and another age, but in fact was just January this year, we announced the winners of our 20th-anniversary competition. One of them was Steve Connolly of Liverpool, who wrote, ‘I think

Famille Hugel: Focusing on purity of terroir plus 10 wines tasted

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With history dating back to the fifteenth-century, Hugel are one of the oldest and best-known producers within France. Scroll down to see Andy Howard MW’s Hugel tasting notes and scores Based in Riquewihr since 1639, Hugel survived the 30 Years War, the French Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, the Franco-Prussian War, and two World Wars. With its […]

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Andy Howard MW

'The DRC of the southern hemisphere'?

1 week ago
Australia's most famous Pinot producer has changed hands. Max finds out what is planned, and hoped for. When I visited Phillip Jones at Bass Phillip vineyard in Gippsland, south-east of Melbourne, in late February, the 74-year-old winemaker gave no indication he was in the final, stressful stages of selling his beloved business. Instead
Max Allen

The story of wine in Hong Kong

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Jo Purcell, the British wine merchant with the longest presence in Hong Kong, reflects on the wine revolution she has witnessed. When I first came to HK in 1994 there were really only about 25 wine importers in total. The list that I used when I worked for Decanter wine shop in HK is below – very different from the scene these days.  Hong Kong's roster of wine importers in 1994Coming

Robert Parker's 100-point wines: Then and now

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Château Mouton Rothschild 1982 at a Sotheby's auction in 2012.

Robert Parker says a 100-point wine should be ‘as exceptional as a particular wine can be: a perfect blend of power, richness, texture, depth, length, balance, freshness, and of course a reflection of its vintage and terroir or origin’. Read the Robert M. Parker Jr extended interview for the Decanter Hall of Fame 2020 Here […]

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Andrew Jefford

South Africa – fewer halos?

1 week 1 day ago
We want to set the record straight with some personal accounts of Black experiences in the SA wine industry. The first inkling that my social progress report on South Africa published a week ago might be incomplete came when the (white) CEO of Wines of South Africa Siobhan Thompson sent an email via Jo Wehring, WOSA’s UK market manager, saying,
Jancis Robinson

A can hunt in the USA

1 week 1 day ago
Miami-based Sarah Phillips of Liv-ex, winner of last summer's writing competition, swapped classed growths for canned wine for a while – all on our behalf. See also a couple of recommended alternatively packaged wines at the end of this article. Last Saturday, I poured a can of Cabernet Sauvignon into a decanter. It doesn’t sound right, does it

The Riviera's own wine region

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Roderick Smith MW offers us a deliciously escapist taste of Nice wine, together with these atmospheric images of Bellet. As long-haul travel seems likely to be curtailed for some time, I thought it might be of interest to Europeans to discover a little-known wine region in a particularly accessible part of Europe. It is not short of visitors but